400 posts of special forest guards notified
Government has notified the creation of 400 posts of special forest guards for providing round-the-clock protection to forests and wildlife proximity zones, with an assurance that their services would not be terminated, even if the scheme, under which posts were created, is discontinued.
The posts are created under the ‘Scheme for round the clock protection of forest and wildlife treasures under Wildlife & Forest Talukas in the State of Goa-2012’ at a monthly liability of around Rs 65 lakh. The creation of posts was approved during the State cabinet, last week.
“In view of the prevailing state of affairs and in order to effectively protect and administer the natural forests it is desirable to deploy adequate local personnel to man the forest areas round the clock so as to meet the twin objectives of effective regulation and involvement of forest population in management and protection of forest and natural heritage,” the notification reads.
The scheme is intended to curb illegal felling of trees and poaching, will be in force for 12 months. In case it is discontinued in the near future, government has assured that forest guards employed under this scheme will not be in the forest department. [H]